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Project Gutenberg · 59, free ebooks · 64 by Dante Alighieri. La Divina Commedia di Dante: Inferno by Dante Alighieri. No cover available. Download; Bibrec. Project Gutenberg · 59, free ebooks · 64 by Dante Alighieri. Divina Commedia di Dante: Inferno by Dante Alighieri. No cover available. Download; Bibrec. di Dante Alighieri. INFERNO. CANTO I. [Incomincia la Commedia di Dante Alleghieri di Fiorenza, ne la quale tratta de le pene e punimenti de' vizi e de' meriti e.
Beatrice was a Florentine woman whom he had met in childhood and admired from afar in the mode of the then-fashionable courtly love tradition, which is highlighted in Dante's earlier work La Vita Nuova.
Within each group of 9, 7 elements correspond to a specific moral scheme, subdivided into three subcategories, while 2 others of greater particularity are added to total nine.
For example, the seven deadly sins of the Catholic Church that are cleansed in Purgatory are joined by special realms for the Late repentant and the excommunicated by the church. The core seven sins within Purgatory correspond to a moral scheme of love perverted, subdivided into three groups corresponding to excessive love Lust , Gluttony , Greed , deficient love Sloth , and malicious love Wrath , Envy , Pride.
This exile, which lasted the rest of Dante's life, shows its influence in many parts of the Comedy, from prophecies of Dante's exile to Dante's views of politics, to the eternal damnation of some of his opponents.
Main article: Inferno Dante The poem begins on the night before Good Friday in the year , "halfway along our life's path" Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita. Conscious that he is ruining himself and that he is falling into a "low place" basso loco where the sun is silent 'l sol tace , Dante is at last rescued by Virgil, and the two of them begin their journey to the underworld.
Each sin's punishment in Inferno is a contrapasso , a symbolic instance of poetic justice ; for example, in Canto XX, fortune-tellers and soothsayers must walk with their heads on backwards, unable to see what is ahead, because that was what they had tried to do in life: they had their faces twisted toward their haunches and found it necessary to walk backward, because they could not see ahead of them.
Added to these are two unlike categories that are specifically spiritual: Limbo, in Circle 1, contains the virtuous pagans who were not sinful but were ignorant of Christ, and Circle 6 contains the heretics who contradicted the doctrine and confused the spirit of Christ. The Mountain is on an island, the only land in the Southern Hemisphere , created by the displacement of rock which resulted when Satan's fall created Hell  which Dante portrays as existing underneath Jerusalem .
The mountain has seven terraces, corresponding to the seven deadly sins or "seven roots of sinfulness. It is also drawn primarily from Christian theology, rather than from classical sources. Love, a theme throughout the Divine Comedy, is particularly important for the framing of sin on the Mountain of Purgatory.
While the love that flows from God is pure, it can become sinful as it flows through humanity.
Humans can sin by using love towards improper or malicious ends Wrath , Envy , Pride , or using it to proper ends but with love that is either not strong enough Sloth or love that is too strong Lust , Gluttony , Greed. Below the seven purges of the soul is the Ante-Purgatory, containing the Excommunicated from the church and the Late repentant who died, often violently, before receiving rites.
Thus the total comes to nine, with the addition of the Garden of Eden at the summit, equaling ten. Christian souls arrive escorted by an angel, singing In exitu Israel de Aegypto. In his Letter to Cangrande , Dante explains that this reference to Israel leaving Egypt refers both to the redemption of Christ and to "the conversion of the soul from the sorrow and misery of sin to the state of grace.
This allowed the author to present historical events—that is, those occurring between and —as prophecy.
His disagreements with the church he was exiled under apparently trumped-up charges in and particularly with the incumbent pope, Boniface VIII, moved him to cast the poem as more than a theological allegory. It was also a warning to his contemporaries. The placement of living figures in each section was a judgment and a condemnation, albeit subjective, on both history and the people he knew.
As scholar David H. By beginning his own descent on Good Friday, Dante created a syncretic blend of Christian traditions with the model of pagan epic heroes who journeyed into the underworld.
Just as Virgil was the poet who spoke of how the Roman empire grew to supremacy out of the ruins of Troy, so Dante desired the expansion of the Holy Roman Empire.
The Comedy demonstrates the significant influence of Greek philosophy. They would likewise have grounded him in the writings of Aristotle and the church Fathers. Yet Dante was not a dualist in the Cartesian or Neoplatonic sense. For Dante—as for Aristotle—the soul, or in Italian anima, is neither more nor less than the animating form of the body.